Russia’s armed forces are going to start reestablishing an abandoned military base on the Kola Peninsula in September this year, Commander of the Western Military District Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov said on Friday, Regnum reports.
Sidorov did not say which of the old military bases they plan to reopen. There are several more or less dilapidated bases on the Kola Peninsula – from Liinakhamari on the border to Norway in the West to Gremikha on the coast of the Barents Sea in the East.
Russia last year started reconstructing abandoned Soviet airfields in the Arctic. In September the Temp airfield on the New Siberian Islands was re-opened by Northern Fleet units. Also airfields in Franz Josef Land and on Novaya Zemlya are planned to be reopened in the near future.
Earlier this week a military source told about plans to create a new strategic formation - Northern Fleet-United Strategic Command - that will have as its main objective to defend Russia’s interests in the Arctic. The strategic command will consist of the Northern Fleet and units of other military branches located in the northern parts of the country. It will have status of a military district, although it will not be called so officially.
Sidorov did not want to comment on the information on the possible establishment of the Arctic united strategic command, referring to that this is a question the nation’s leadership is in charge of. “When instructions come, we will implement them”, he said and added that the Western Military District has all the personnel and military equipment needed for operations in the Arctic, ITAR-TASS reports.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.